What to Do When You Notice a Commercial Roof Leak
Over time, commercial roofs will age, insulation will become damaged, and leaks can emerge. These leaks can negatively affect your business and cost you money and resources. Once you notice a commercial roof leak, take the following steps to protect your property and business from potential damage.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Commercial roof leaks are inevitable, so it’s important to have a proper plan. Take notes on where to move equipment if leaks occur and where leaks can hit the hardest. Treat every leak seriously, no matter how small it seems. Periodically check for roof damage before leaks take place. When you see a leak, remain calm and act fast before it escalates and becomes difficult to manage.
Find as Many Leaks as Possible
If you’ve already noticed a commercial roof leak, there’s a strong chance there are additional leaks. Find as many leaks as you can and look for signs that indicate their presence. The most obvious leaks are found by locating dripping water and puddles. Odor and mold in an area are also signs of moisture, and indicate water entering nearby. If your ceiling or walls have stains or discoloration, it’s a sign that they suffer from water damage caused by a leak.
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Mark the Point of Entry
Once you locate the source of a leak, make sure to place a visible mark near it. This tactic is recommended for when you talk to contractors and insurance agents about the damage. It’s important to mark the leak as soon as possible, because it might prove difficult to find it once the area has dried.
Reduce Interior Damage
When a commercial roof leak occurs, make sure to remove any vulnerable objects or equipment close to it. These items range from furniture to electronics. If you cannot move an object, use a plastic tarp to cover it. Minimize the damage from leaks by placing a bucket or receptacle underneath them and taping plastic sheets to the walls to protect them if the water leaks along the walls. If you have ceiling tiles, remove them from the affected area so the water damage doesn’t spread.
Keep your employees safe and let them know about the water leaks. You should place warning signs around the leaks and the affected areas to keep people out of danger.
Call Technique Roofing Systems
Once you have reduced and contained the leaks in your commercial roof, it’s time to call professional contractors to finish the job. Attempting to fix the damage yourself is dangerous, especially in the middle of a rainstorm. Contact Technique Roofing Systems for immediate inspection and repairs.
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